Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Return to School

After a well needed break, we have returned to find the same things that never change. Students are still as excited as ever to be back and working hard. The push we need to give students before midterms is still a struggle, trying to get it all fit in before exams with enough time to review, and getting final projects done before switching terms is a lovely task. Not to group all students together because some students do not need a push, no, some students actually do not mind doing some hard work. But it is the others that we struggle with, and those are likely the ones that need the most help and attention, whether they know it or not.

So our job never gets easier, we just learn to cope better and learn tricks to get it all done. We are multi-taskers! All teachers, EA's, and support staff working in a school system!!! Look at all the things we need to do!

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO:

  • Facilitators
  • Guides
  • Emotional Support
  • Guidance Councillors
  • Learning Ability Specialists
  • Prepare Lectures
  • Prepare Activities
  • Grade exams and papers
  • Hold parent/teacher, parent/teacher/student conferences
  • Lead, coach, co-coach, watch, participate in extra-curricular events and activities
  • Mentor
  • Challenge, inspire, motivate, and encourage students
  • Support and guide future leaders
  • Make a difference in an individual's life
  • Feel pride in your own and as well as your students’ accomplishments
  • Obtain more knowledge
  • Lecture on material that interests you as well as material that may not interest you

and the list goes on....

So when you get bogged down with marking, prep, and/or any other of the many things we do, just remember these few inspirational quotes:

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
~Henry Adams

"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre."
~Gail Godwin

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others."
~Unknown